December 2018/January 2019

The Road Ahead

Truckers, take laser focus at these top 5 issues as we head into the new year.


2019: The road ahead

Here are five issues drivers should keep their eyes on as we enter 2019.

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EPA still reviewing glider rule as it’s moved to ‘long-term actions’ list

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency hasn't given up on the measure.

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More steps needed before hair testing would be mandated, HHS confirms

A recent opioid bill signed into law by President Trump doesn’t mean truck drivers will be required to submit to hair testing for controlled substances.

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Where are fuel prices headed in 2019?

Even in the summer, when prices typicall begin to fall, diesel has been approaching four-year highs. Is this a trend indicative of where 2019 is headed?

ICE cracks down on illegal cross-border trucking

With an open border to long-haul trucks from Mexico, one of the lingering concerns has been proven valid: What about the illegally transported cargo?

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Midterm changes landscape in D.C.

The midterm elections at the federal level went about like many political experts anticipated, the Republicans retained control and grew their presence in the Senate

how election will affect trucking

State elections set stage for coming years

Voters across the country cast their ballots in November for 82 percent of the elected officials who make up federal and state government.

Statehouse races reveal Democratic shift

Seats in 87 of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers were on fall ballots with Democrats making advances on Election Day.

Voters weigh in on transportation issues

During the Nov. 6 election voters in more than a dozen states had their say on various transportation-related initiatives with billions of dollars at stake.

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Fuel tax rate changes for new year

States around the nation are ringing in the new year with notable increases in their fuel tax rates.The most notable increase is slated for Utah.

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State Watch – December 2018

As the New Year approaches, OOIDA is focused on providing truckers with information on important legislation during the coming year.

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OOIDA pushes for consumer towing protections in state

OOIDA continues to work with Missouri lawmakers to establish consumer protections for truckers who need to have their tractor-trailer towed.

Appellate court rules federal law does not override state’s wage laws

An appellate court recently ruled in favor of drivers of a warehousing and home delivery company who said they had been shorted wages.

Turnpike Commission approves toll increase for 11th consecutive year

For the 11th consecutive year, Pennsylvania motorists will be asked to pay more in tolls ,by about 6%, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Iowa Supreme Court makes two rulings limiting authority of state DOT officers

The Iowa Supreme Court published opinions on two cases, stating that MVE officers illegally issued thousands of speeding tickets and arrested a motorist.


During the OOIDA Board of Directors fall meetings about 24 truck drivers from across the nation conveyed their concerns to FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez.

Know Your Board: Meet Leo Wilkins

Nearly two decades as a company driver gave Leo a well-rounded scope of experience when it comes to how drivers are treated in the industry.

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Truckers for Troops 2018 nets over $38,500

The 2018 edition of OOIDA’s Truckers for Troops saw truckers come together and generate $38,536 to support U.S. military personnel at home and abroad.

Why OOIDA is needed

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Applications for 2019 OOIDA scholarship due by Feb. 1

Soon, a new class of students will benefit from the program aimed at assisting those who depend on OOIDA members to receive a higher education.

Flood of HOS exemption requests indicates displeasure with reg

The exemption request from the electronic logging mandate comes from Fiat Chrysler, which wants a free pass from monitoring test drives.

OOIDA submits comments to FDA about possible reclassification of marijuana

OOIDA filed comments on Oct. 31 in response to the FDA’s notice about possibly changing marijuana’s drug classification.

OOIDA files comments on ATA’s California meal and rest break petition

While acknowledging that California’s meal and rest break laws are controversial and complex, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says that ATA’s petition gives the agency no reason to reverse its previous decision on the issue.

FMCSA grants CRST request for student driver exemption

The FMCSA renewed an exemption for CRST Expedited that allows the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based trucking company to have student drivers run team with a commercial driver’s license holder.

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Ready to take the plunge and start your own trucking business?

Not to worry. Truck to Success, OOIDA’s business education training, is a 2½-day intensive training for those ready to take their first steps toward becoming an owner-operator

Affordable Care Act tax penalties will be a thing of the past, but not until 2019

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began on Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Coverage begins Jan. 1.

2019 UCR delayed indefinitely

It is however, $10 less than what the UCR board had anticipated needing to charge for 2019 fees for the smallest of motor carriers.

December 2018/January 2019

In This Issue:


Something for Stevie

The Great Indiana Trucker Boycott of 1988

30 years ago truckers in Indiana said “enough” and set off a series of protests that resulted in one of the state’s top 10 news stories of the year.

Did Indiana learn a lesson from 1988?

Without delay and with very little notice, Indiana’s truck-only toll increase went into effect. Indiana Governor said it is not a tax on truckers.

Driver helps 83-year-old veteran check off ride-along in truck from his bucket list

Robert Mikel had no idea how he was going to get to from his home in Parsons, Kan., to his 65-year class reunion in Galesville, Wis.


What’s better than a free lunch? A free lunch with some world-class RATical rat rods and their build teams

Steve Davenport

In Memory of OOIDA Board Member Steve Davenport

OOIDA life member Steve Davenport, 70, of Lewisville, Texas, died unexpectedly on Nov. 8 of natural causes at his home.

Former Pilot Flying J president Mark Hazelwood will not have to spend Christmas in a federal prison.

‘A trucking family’

As part of Sleigh Bells and Santa 2018, Truckers Final Mile will collect donations and unwrapped Christmas gifts to help the children who lost a parent with an active commercial driver’s license this year.

Mafia Secrets – Advice from the Boss Man

Victor Tomas, owner and founder of Platinum Enterprises, is the proud papa of this incredibly sharp 2001 Peterbilt.


OOIDA on the Road

This year, the Spirit of the American Trucker went to places it had never been. “We’re now getting requests from members about places for The Spirit to visit


Dashboard Confidential

I recommend that everyone carry a disposable camera in their safety kit. It may just save your bacon.Since the mandate of electronic logs, I have noticed there is an increasing shortage of truck parking.

Strange things and filthy lies

Let’s face it. The magical clock mandate of 2017 was a filthy lie in itself. Safety advocates sold it as the best thing since iron bars and cell blocks.

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Roses & Razzberries – December 2018

This article by Terry Scruton awards manny Roses and Razzberries for all the good, and bad, in trucking during the month of December 2018.


Big changes for big rigs

This autonomous truck was a Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler refers to that model as the Freightliner Inspiration.


Hot Stuff & Cool Services

This article by the collective Land Line Staff outlines all of the awesome products and services that are available at this time.


Maintenance Q&A

Today’s coolants last years, not months. Fuels are cleaner. Oils last thousands of miles longer. And anything else is done during normal preventive maintenance


Tax Tips

Please note that effective Jan. 1, 2018, the new tax law has eliminated the deduction for unreimbursed business expenses that exceed 2 percent of adjusted gross income.

Plan B

Road Law

When you receive a traffic ticket, there’s usually a date listed on the face of the ticket that says, “court date,” “due date,” or maybe “response date.”

Your Health

There are two categories of fatty liver disease: Alcohol-related fatty liver disease (ALD) and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).